A balanced diet is an important aspect of dealing with Type 2 Diabetes but you should also know about the different foods that should not be eaten when you have the condition.
In 2012, around 29.1 million people were diagnosed with diabetes in the US. That is almost 10% of the population of the country. Most of these diagnosed cases are of type 2 diabetes. Women have a greater risk of developing this form of diabetes. Certain ethnic groups like the African Americans, Native Americans, the Pacific Islanders and the Asian Americans are at a greater risk too.
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which the blood glucose levels are higher than normal. It is the most common form of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is caused by a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors. In this condition, your body is unable to use the insulin produced properly (insulin resistance). At the beginning, the pancreas produce surplus insulin to compensate for it. However, over a period of time, the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at an optimum level.
Initially when the blood glucose levels are high, the cells starve for energy. Later, higher levels of glucose may harm your kidneys, heart, nerves or eyes. The typical symptoms of type 2 diabetes are increased thirst, dry mouth, weight loss, frequent urination, fatigue, blurred vision, increased hunger and wounds that don’t heal. People with this disorder are a greater risk to develop cardiovascular disorders, stroke and ischemic heart diseases as well as cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The risk factors for developing this condition are
Early diagnosis is recommended because this disorder progressively worsens if it is not treated on time.
Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong condition as it does not have a cure. The treatment plans are aimed at keeping your glucose levels as normal as possible. This, in turn, will regulate the different symptoms of this condition and reduce the risk of developing other health problems. The different methods of treatment include oral medication, lifestyle interventions and insulin injections.
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